A well rounded, professional all-in-one software for design, photo editing, DTP, websites and more.
Mar 06, 2018
Used the software for: 2+ years
Ease of Use
Features & Functionality
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:Not LikelyExtremely Likely
Pros: Xara Designer Pro365 (version 15.0 tested) is an absolutely robust and well-integrated software package for design, photo manipulation, Illustration, layout, DTP and web design tasks. It is Windows Vista/7/8/10 compatible. Very fast and stable. A capable alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
You can professionally create different graphic design elements for the professional looking logos, a web responsive mock websites and much more. It has a sophisticated photo edit and manipulation tool. It is an easy-to-use once you learn the basics. The following features I like:
1. Help, tutorial, and support sections.
2. Over a million different archive photos and illustrations.
3. Hundreds of templates, filters, effects, layouts, and elements of all kinds.
4. Regular updates and upgrades.
5. Unlimited Undo/Redo function.
6. PDF manipulation and export functions.
7. 3-D objects Manipulation.
8. Many creative effects.
9. Adobe plugins integration.
10. Up to 25,601% zoom for very detailed work.
11. Intelligent scaling.
12. Color separation.
13. Many data formats including Raw formats.
14. Interactive presentations.
Cons: I would like to see a phone instead of an email only support and some people may desire Xara Designer ProX365 localization in languages other than English and German. Also, Xara Designer ProX365 comes with their version of the subscription program called the Update Service. That's why there is the number 365 in the name. It is free for the first 12 months from the date you buy the software, and it keeps your software up-to-date for one year with new updates and improvements.
After the initial 365 days of updates expire, you have to pay for renewal at a discounted price. If you decide not to pay for your renewal, you can continue to use your software plus all the updates they granted you for the first 12 months. But If you for some reason, reinstall the software even on the same computer and do not pay for another 12 months of renewal, you will lose all of your updates accumulated in the first 12 months. Then, the software reverts to its original, basic form just as it was when you bought it 12 months ago.
So, since it is just a preview of the next year update, Xara cannot grant you a continuous use of those new features unless you pay for the next 12 months. I suggest further reading of their fine print, terms, and conditions.
Overall: Xara Web Designer Pro 365 has an enormous number of features. It will give you an integrated solution for almost all of your design, layout, DTP, Illustration and web design needs. The learning path is worth diving in. It is a stable, professional product that belongs in the top ten tools of my design toolbox. It carries a modest price and has a rather confusing update service. If you are in a small or medium business as a freelancer, UX/UI/web designer, a publisher or a photographer just to name a few, I suggest that you give Xara Designer Pro 365 a try. Definitely recommended.